There are so many questions, worries, and thoughts that come with receiving a positive pregnancy test. It’s such a happy place to be spiritually to know that you are about to bring forth life. Now, throughout your pregnancy journey, you will do what’s best for your health, and also your baby’s health. Sometimes as a first-time mom, or even a mom of multiple children, you just do not know it all. There’s no way that you or any of us could know everything, but there is a birth professional who is trained to assist families throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. And we call them doulas.
What Is A Doula?
Doulas are professional labor support companions. They have received training in prenatal, labor, and postpartum care. Doulas work with other support people, partner/spouse/mother/etc. to provide continuous hands-on support. They also offer information on nutrition, exercise, and emotional support throughout pregnancy and postpartum.
Why Is A Doula Important To Have?
Better Birth Outcomes! “Doula-assisted mothers were four times less likely to have a low birth weight (LBW) baby, two times less likely to experience a birth complication involving themselves or their baby, and significantly more likely to initiate breastfeeding,” according to a study in The Journal of Perinatal Education.
When Is The Best Time To Hire A Doula?
Right away! No seriously, you will need the time to shop around to find the doula that best fit your families needs. The sooner you begin to look for, find, and meet a few, the quicker you will be set with your birth professional throughout your entire pregnancy and postpartum periods.
What Is The Role Of A Doula?
The role of a doula will depend on the type of you will hire. Generally, their role is to honor, educate, and empower the birthing person. They do this by offering physical and emotional support, educating the family to make informed decisions about their care and making the birthing person and family feel safe, protected, and heard.
Women supported by a doula are less likely to experience:
- A vacuum-assisted birth
- The use of pain medication
- Cesarean surgery
- Negative feelings about their birth
How To Choose A Doula?
- Get recommendations
- Set up interviews
- Be sure to feel connected on an intimate level
- Know their accessibility
- Ask them their birth philosophy
- Are they knowledgeable?
- Did you click
- TRUST your gut!
Ask yourself these questions when before choosing a doula:
- What type of birth do I plan to have?
- What type of interventions do I not want during labor?
- Will I have a home-birth, birth center birth, or hospital birth?
Now that we have gone over who a doula is and what she does, what do you think?
A doula should not be a replacement for a trained medical professional or midwife. They do not administer any medical treatment or tasks.